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Tall grasses in the San Joaquin valley in California suck carbon dioxide out of the air and store it in the soil. It's one option that environmentalists are pursuing for greenhouse gas "offsets" that can be bought and sold in the state. Christopher Joyce/NPR hide caption

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Environment

Can 'Carbon Ranching' Offset Emissions In Calif.?

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Can 'Carbon Ranching' Offset Emissions In Calif.?

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Riad al-Asaad says he's the leader of the Free Syrian Army, a group of Syrian defectors who recently posted this video on the group's Facebook page. Free Syrian Army/AP hide caption

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Middle East

On The Run, Under The Radar, With Syria's Rebels

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On The Run, Under The Radar, With Syria's Rebels

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After J.C. Penney advertised a shirt many people found sexist, Lauren Todd launched an online petition. This screengrab was taken from Change.org, after J.C. Penney removed the shirt from its inventory. Change.org hide caption

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Your Money

In Policing Fashion, Moms Find A New Power Online

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In Policing Fashion, Moms Find A New Power Online

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George Allen, a former U.S. senator and Virginia governor, speaks to employees of an auto parts manufacturing plant near Roanoke, Va., on Oct. 5. Allen is trying to recapture the Senate seat he lost in 2006. Stephanie Klein-Davis/AP hide caption

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House & Senate Races

Va. Senate Race: Familiar Faces, Fresh Pressure

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Va. Senate Race: Familiar Faces, Fresh Pressure

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Occupy Wall Street protesters meditate while a sign bearing their Twitter hashtag hangs from a railing in Zuccotti Park in October. Some activists accused Twitter of censorship because #OccupyWallStreet wasn't appearing on trending lists. Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Technology

How Twitter's Trending Algorithm Picks Its Topics

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How Twitter's Trending Algorithm Picks Its Topics

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Guests enjoy a Butterbeer toast at the announcement that The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter is coming to Hollywood. PR Newswire/AP hide caption

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Raise A Glass Of Butterbeer As Potter's 'Wizarding World' Comes To Hollywood

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Chinese walk to work midday as heavy smog hangs over downtown Beijing. Stephen Shaver/UPI /Landov hide caption

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Clean Air A 'Luxury' In Beijing's Pollution Zone

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Skipper Bivens of Animal Planet's Hillbilly Handfishin'. David Yellen/Animal Planet hide caption

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Pop Culture Happy Hour

Disappointing 'Redneck' TV Shortchanges The American South

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Disappointing 'Redneck' TV Shortchanges The American South

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The Marching 100, Florida A&M University's band, performs on the field before Super Bowl XLIV, Feb. 7, 2010. The band's director, Julian White, was fired in November after a band member died, allegedly from a hazing incident on a bus. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Sweetness And Light

For Some Marching Bands, Hazing Means Brutality

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For Some Marching Bands, Hazing Means Brutality

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